Cambridge, Mass. - February 20, 2020 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving team began the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Thursday night at MIT and their efforts were highlighted by a pair of school records being set.
The Pride sit in first place after the first night of competition as it totaled 94 points to lead the seven-team field.
Competing on the one-meter board, Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) captured NEWMAC All-Conference First Team honors as he won the event with a 584.80. Winning the title for the second-straight season, Pennington's score proved to be a school record, as he bested Brian Sobel's previous record of 563.60 which had been established in 2009. Pennington's score was also a NEWMAC Championship and Open record. Teammate Sean Andrews (Framingham, Mass.) delivered a 413.15 in the finals en route to a third-place finish.
Another record fell in the first swimming event of the championships thanks to the efforts of James Chan (Hong Kong), Erik Jensen (Hainesport, N.J.), Nicholas Smith (Longmeadow, Mass.), and Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) swam a 6:50.17. The time marked the fastest in program history, as the previous mark of 6:52.13 had previously been established in 2013, and allowed the Pride to take fifth in the event.
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